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62 articles published/printed


Emperor felt public affinity in '92 China trip

Oct 30, 2013

Emperor felt public affinity in '92 China trip

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko asked for “heart-to-heart” contacts with Chinese citizens during their 1992 visit to China that significantly boosted the two countries’ relations at the time. Yoshihiro Hasumi, Japan’s consul general in Shanghai at the time, said that to realize such contacts, ...

Abe fetes Japan-aided Bosporus tunnel's opening

Oct 30, 2013

Abe fetes Japan-aided Bosporus tunnel's opening

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended a reception Monday to mark the opening of a subway line under the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul that was partly financed by Japanese yen loans. “I hope (the railway) will be a symbol of friendship between Japan and Turkey, ...

Video mocking female driving ban goes viral

Oct 30, 2013

Video mocking female driving ban goes viral

A Saudi video mocking the kingdom’s unique ban on female driving has gone viral, featuring a male performer singing “No Woman, No Drive,” an adaptation of Bob Marley’s famous song. Nearly 3.5 million people had seen the four minute, 15 second video by Monday, ...

Congo troops advance on waning rebels

Oct 30, 2013

Congo troops advance on waning rebels

Government troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said they had gained more ground against M23 rebels Monday as the head of the U.N. mission in the country described the movement as finished. “Practically all M23 positions were abandoned yesterday, except for a ...

Aquarium chief dolphins' best friend

Oct 30, 2013

Aquarium chief dolphins' best friend

Right after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck in March 2011, Junichi Jingu, manager of exhibits at Marinepia Matsushima Aquarium, feared that he would never see its rare Commerson’s dolphins again. “The shaking was so strong that I thought the floors would collapse,” Jingu, ...

Camry loses Consumer Reports nod

Oct 30, 2013

Camry loses Consumer Reports nod

by Craig Trudell

Consumer Reports pulled its recommendation for Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry sedan and said post-bankruptcy General Motors Co. is among the automakers cracking Japanese brands’ dominance in fielding reliable cars. Consumer Reports isn’t recommending any version of the Camry, the top-selling U.S. car the past ...

China hunts suspects after Tiananmen crash

Oct 30, 2013

China hunts suspects after Tiananmen crash

Chinese police have named two suspects from the restive far-western province of Xinjiang after five people died in Monday’s car crash on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, reports and documents said Tuesday. The incident — in which a sport utility vehicle drove along the pavement, crashed ...

Kodansha manga to get same-day global release

Oct 30, 2013

Kodansha manga to get same-day global release

by Tomohiro Osaki

Starting Wednesday, major publishing firm Kodansha Ltd. will make new manga installments digitally available in English worldwide on the same day they’re released in Japan. Kodansha hopes the business decision will help curb the increasing threat to its overseas sales posed by bilingual anime ...

Language schools in H.K. pushing American accents

Oct 30, 2013

Language schools in H.K. pushing American accents

Standing at the front of the classroom in Hong Kong, 9-year-old Charlotte Yan recites a 2008 speech by then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — enunciating the words with a perfect American accent. “Make sure we have a president who puts our country ...

China displays its marine muscle with sub fleet

Oct 30, 2013

China displays its marine muscle with sub fleet

Beijing has put its nuclear-powered submarine fleet on public display, with state media Tuesday touting the move as unprecedented and necessary to show other countries China’s strike capabilities as territorial tensions mount. In an overt declaration of China’s high-seas strength, several state-run papers ran ...

Hotel's misleading menus leave bad taste

Oct 30, 2013

Hotel's misleading menus leave bad taste

Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co., under fire for deceiving consumers by misrepresenting items on its menus, is drawing sympathy from some in the food and hotel industries. According to people involved in the food service industry, false advertising of this kind “happens quite often, and ...

Obama sidesteps North Korea amid other woes

Oct 30, 2013

Obama sidesteps North Korea amid other woes

Preoccupied with domestic woes and high-stakes Mideast diplomacy, the Obama administration has little time these days to focus on the ominous signs that its enemy North Korea is advancing its nuclear weapons program. Within the past two months the secretive nation has restarted a ...

As spy U.S. row grows, Europe threatens to suspend cash tracking tool

Oct 30, 2013

As spy U.S. row grows, Europe threatens to suspend cash tracking tool

The United States could lose access to an important law enforcement tool used to track terrorist money flows, German officials said Monday, as Europe weighed a response to allegations that the Americans spied on their closest European allies. In Washington, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman ...

Oct 30, 2013

Nobel Peace Prize sends messages

In choosing this year's Peace Prize recipient, the Nobel Committee hoped to accelerate global efforts to eliminate chemical weapons, which are relatively cheap and easy to produce.

Oct 30, 2013

New investment opportunity

Japan will introduce tax-free, individual investment accounts in January to entice more younger people to consider better ways of growing their capital than through savings accounts.

Oct 30, 2013

Remember past smells with the Madeleine

by John Naughton

Next month sees the 100th anniversary of the publication of “Swann’s Way,” the first volume of Marcel Proust’s masterpiece “Remembrance of Things Past” (or, if you prefer D.J. Enright’s translation, “In Search of Lost Time”). So stand by for what one expert calls a ...

Damo Suzuki sees promise in young artists

Oct 30, 2013

Damo Suzuki sees promise in young artists

by Ian Martin

“I don’t like to make music, I like to make energy. Music is just a way to get energy, so why not just make energy?” Damo Suzuki, the 63-year-old singer and guru of a growing global commune of what he terms “sound carriers” doesn’t ...

Oct 30, 2013

bj-league bans JT access

by Jack Gallagher

In an unprecedented move, the professional basketball bj-league has issued a ban on media access by The Japan Times for the entire 2013-14 season. The directive has been relayed to teams around the country by the league office, the newspaper has learned. The Japan ...